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The professional insertion of African graduates: the case of the Universite de Conakry

Barry, Mamdou Gando

Abstract:
Barry provides a deep insight into the end of the Twentieth Century as a period marked and marred by unemployment, and the uncertainty of employment across the continent.  The chapter demonstrates that employment of graduate students in Guinea Conakry as in most African countries, was very problematic.  This qualitative study particularly shows the immersion of graduates from the Guinean university system into the workforce and their perceptions as well as the perceptions of their employers of the Guinean labour market.  The analysis from the data which he collected from the interviews reveal that the induction of these graduates is affected by family relationships, which in turn affect their professional careers.  The family background gives an unquestionable advantage in the search for employment.  This advantage helps in the possiblity of being made an offer for a training course in the work environment, and also the possbility of financing future trainings.  The general assumption of this research is verified when compared with future trainings, the role of training courses and the importance of family relationships.           

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Chapter Title: The professional insertion of African graduates: the case of the Universite de Conakry
Book Title: Higher education in postcolonial Africa: paradigms of development, decline and dilemmas
Edited by: Michael O. Afolayan
City: Asmara, Eritrea
Publisher: Africa World Press, Inc.
No. of Pages: 137-159


Date:2007
Document Type:Chapter in Book (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Teaching and Learning
Country:Guinea
Keywords:Graduates, Developing countries, Training, Internships, Labour Market, Job Opportunities, Family Background


File Size:136 KB
Rights:Permission to reproduce this chapter was granted by the editor.
Date Added:01 September 2008


Barry, Mamdou Gando (2007). The professional insertion of African graduates: the case of the Universite de Conakry, In Michael O. Afolayan (ed) Higher education in postcolonial Africa:paradigms of development, decline and dilemmas Asmara, Eritrea: Africa World Press Inc., 137-159